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The Southeast News 


Vol. 1, No. 3 

December 1952 

Ukree S^lale C^onf-erencei ^Meld -sn \Jclober 

One of the high points of the three 
state conferences of the Southeast 
Convention, all held the latter part 
of October, was the introduction of 
the new superintendent, the Rev. Er- 
ston M. Butterfield. Ministers and 
laymen of each conference were eager 
to meet him, and to offer their co- 
operation and good wishes. 

Richard Drake of Demorest. Ga., 
was elected Moderator of the Georgia 
Conference; Harry Barr of Phenix 
City, Alabama, was elected Modera- 
tor of the Alabama Conference, and 
the Rev. J. W. Davenport was elected 
Moderator of the Kentucky-Tennes- 
see Conference. In each case, the 
moderators become members of the 
Board of Directors of The Southeast 
Convention, representing their respec- 
tive conferences and making decisions 
along with the other board members 
on program, policy and other mat- 
ters related to the work of the South- 
east Convention. 

Church Building Loan Fund 
The Church Building Loan Fund 
Campaign was presented at each con- 
ference — Dr. Thos. Anderson was the 
speaker at the Georgia Conference, 
the Rev. Joe French at the Alabama 
Conference, and Mrs. W. E. Wisse- 
man at the Kentucky-Tennessee Con- 
ference. Church Building Loan Fund 
Compaign committees were appointed 
as follows: Alabama Committee — 
Rev. Clyde C. Flannery, Arthur Wal 
lace, Mrs. Jettie Logan, and Rev 
Lowell A. Smoot; Georgia Commit 
tee — Rev. Chas. 0. Erickson, Mrs 
Jas. A. Fraser, and Rev. Henry Ab 
bott; Kentucky-Tennessee Committee 
— Miss Miriam Heermans. 

Plans are being made for a train- 
ing session for these committees, 
which will be held at the Convention 
office under the direction of Dr. Nel- 
son Dreier, Area Director of the 
CBFC. It is hoped that association 
committees will be appointed before 
January 1 so that they may also at- 
tend this training session. 

Our Christian World Mission 

The Rev. C. Carl Dollar, director 
of the Christian Rural Extension 
Service, presented Our Christian 
World Mission at the conferences, 
recommending the use of the Every 
Member Canvass, the presenting of 
needs of the field, and the use of the 
Church Calendar of Events as a 
"must" for ministers. 

The film, Adventure in Fellowship. 
was shown by the Rev. Dollar. This 
film was made under the direction of 
the Rev. Butterfield and tells how 
many hitherto inactive Ohio churches 
were brought to life and service. 


The plan of reorganization of the 
the associations, state conferences 
and their relationship to the South- 
east Convention was reported on by 
the Rev. Henry C. Weaver, chairman 
of the Board of Directors, at both 
the Georgia and Alabama confer- 
ences. The plan was approved in 
principle by all three conferences 
with details to be worked out by the 
Boards of Directors of each confer- 
ence in executive session. The final 
plan will be voted on at the biennual 
meeting of the Southeast Convention 
next spring. 

IKosler of Co 



The complete list of officers as elected 
at the three State Conference meet- 
ings is as follows: 

Alabama Conference 
Moderator, Harry Barr 
Asst. Moderator, Rev. Carolyn Welch 
Scribe, Mrs. Luke Huey 
Laymen's Fellowship State Chairman, 
Herman Cook 

Georgia Conference 
Moderator, Richard Drake 
Asst. Moderator, Rev. Ralph Worley 
Scribe, Rev. W. C. Carpenter 
Minister-at-Large, Rev. D. W. Shep- 
Layman-at-Large, Fred Haley 
Christian Education, Rev. J. A. Pick- 
Summer Conference Dean. Rev. Earl 
The Georgia Conference also 
elected the following delegates to the 
Georgia Council of Churches which 
was Constituted November 25, 1952: 
Supt. E. M. Butterfield, Rev. Chas. 
0. Erickson, Rev. Henry C. Weaver, 
Rev. Peter Doherty, John M. Mc- 
Manus, Dr. Thos. Anderson, Rev. C. 
Carl Dollar, and H. A. Strickland. 

Elected as members of the Board 
of Directors of the Southeast Con- 
vention were Richard Drake and Mrs. 
lone Kirkland. 

Moderator, Rev. J. W. Davenport 
Asst. Moderator, George Humble 
Scribe, Walter Wood 
Treas.-Registrar, Mrs. T. L. Cunning- 

State Chairmen 
Laymen's Fellowship, Herman Pat- 
Women's Fellowship, Miss M. Heer- 

Dean of Summer Conference, Rev. 

Wm. R. Schorman 
Chairman of Stewardship Committee. 
Rev. Arnold Slater 
(Continued on page 14) 

Southern Union. L^otteae 

The President of Southern Union 
College takes pleasure in announcing 
a gift of $10,000 from the Massa- 
chusetts Woman's Home Missionary 
Union. This substantial sum is given 
as a permanent endowment, the in- 
come from which will be used to 
meet college expenses. 

This generous gift is only the latest 
of several helpful contributions from 
this Congregational organization to 
Southern Union. Last June the Union 
sent $2,000 for much needed repairs 
and redecoration of the college build- 

It is hoped that this significant in- 
crease in the permanent funds in- 
vested for the benefit of the college 
will prove the start of an Endowment 
Fund that will keep growing until 
the college can qualify for full ac- 
creditation in the Southern Associa- 
tion of Junior Colleges. 

Southern Union recently received 
approval from the Alabama State De- 
partment of Education for the train- 
ing of Korean veterans. Thus the col- 
lege has qualified to render Korean 
veterans the same service it has per- 
formed for many World War II vet- 
erans in this area. 

Dean A. R. Van Cleave has repre- 
sented Southern Union College at 
both the Georgia and Alabama Con- 
ferences, at the East Alabama Asso- 
ciation and at a meeting of the Min- 
isters' Association. He reports every- 
where a lively interest in SU and a 
renewed confidence in its present pro- 

In presenting the program to the 
conferences, Dean Van Cleave has 
called attention to the present pro- 
posal to have a number of the Trus- 
tees of SU elected by the conferences 
in the Southeast Convention. It is the 
hope of President Flannery, sponsor 
of this idea, that the college can be- 
come "church-related" in a new and 
significant way. 


lA/omen 5 f\esponiibiiitu in Kt 

Uke Church (building <=Loan 
Iruna Campaign 

As is usually the case when big things 
are to be undertaken, we depend up- 
on the women to see that the enter- 
prise is carried through to a success- 
ful conclusion. Therefore, I hope the 
women in each of our churches will 
seriously consider and act upon these 
seven opportunities for service. Will 

you — 

1) Cooperate with the Church Build- 
ing Loan Fund Committee which we 
hope your pastor will appoint? 

2) Have an enthusiastic meeting in 
the church at which time the CBLFC 
will be presented? 

3) Make sure that the two leaflets, 
"The Time is Now" and "The Par- 
able of Moab Hartlie" are distributed 
in your church and also in the Wom- 
en's Society? Obtain from New York 

4) See that the film THE BASIS OF 
THE BLUEPRINT is shown in your 
church. Obtain from Convention of- 
fice, 673 Piedmont, Atlanta, Ga. 

5) Help your church send in its 
Declaration of Purpose, indicating 
the Goal which your church has ac- 

6) Urge the Woman's Society of your 
church to make a special contribu- 
tion to the CBLFC goal of the 

7) Send to Miss Helen Frances Smith, 
Special Gifts Director, 287 Fourth 
Avenue, New York 10, N. Y., the 
names of individuals who might make 
Special Gifts of $1,000 or more be- 
yond that which they give through 
their church? 

If these seven points are cared for 
in each church, we feel sure that our 
campaign to raise $30,000 (the goal 
of the Southeast Convention, based 
on 16% of Home Expenses) will be 
successful. I will appreciate your co- 

— Loretta Petersen 

eu. C. <_-. v-'u.fkett 
Many old friends of the Rev. C. E. 
Burkett were happy to welcome him 
into the fellowship of the First 
Church, Andalusia, Ala., November 
9th. The Rev. Burkett is eighty-six 
years of age, a retired minister hav- 
ing given the greater part of his min- 
isterial service to churches in south 
Alabama and northwest Florida. He 
dedicated his life to the ministry at 
the age of thirty and has been in the 
service continuously until his retire- 
ment a few years ago. 

He is making his home with his 
son, W. J. Burkett, who is a resident 
of Andalusia. The church feels that 
the presence of Brother Burkett will 
be of much spiritual value in all of 
the church worship programs. 

rv/esdaae ^rrom Jrnaia 

From the St. Francis Xavier Mis- 
sion, Rampur, District Camparan, Bi- 
har, India, comes a note of thanks to 
the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference: 
"Just recently I received notice of a 
CARE package of one plow being 
forwarded to me as the result of your 
generosity. Kindly accept my sincere 
thanks and the thanks of my people 
here for your gift. May God bless 
and reward you abundantly. Very 
gratefully yours. Robert E. Ludwig. 

—Mliloi'u of tke ^>outkeast 

The Rev. A. Goff Bedford is writing 
a book — a history of the Southeast. 
He would appreciate very much hav- 
ing any remembered history, letters, 
books, records, etc. of any Congre- 
gational, Christian, Congregational 
Methodist, or Independent Congre- 
gational Church in the area. Any ma- 
terial on ministers of these churches 
would also be useful and appreci- 

Mr. Bedford will either return the 
materials, or turn them over to the 
Southern Union College library. 



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Andalusia, First— Alfred E. Adams 
Clio. New Hope— Annice Hagler 
Eclectic. Watson Chapel — 
Garden City— Terry Holt 
Headland, Blackwood— Rev. S. M. 

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Lanett — Mrs. Reid Kent 
Langdale— Mrs. Mae Edge 
Midland City, Christian Hill— Mrs. 

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Roanoke, Antioch — Ann Moon and 

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Demorest, Federated— Mrs. E. W. 

Fort Valley— Rev. F. C. Barrier 
LaGrange, United— Mrs. Annabell 

Oak Grove— Margie McGuire 
Oxford, Sardis— Rev. J. T. McAdams 
(Continued on page 14) 


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Book blanks by now, and each church 
is urged to return them before Jan- 
uary 1, 1953. If your church has not 
paid its Per Capita Dues and Appor- 
tionment for 1952, please send this to 
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L^hurch V ft 


On November 10 the Rev. Allyn K. 
Wadleigh, with his wife and small 
son, moved to Birmingham, Alabama, 
where he will assume the pastorate 
of the Pilgrim Church. 

The Rev. Wadleigh comes to the 
area from the First Congregational 
Church of Oxford, Mass., where he 
has served for the past two years. 
Before that he was Assistant pastor 
of the Pleasant Street Congregational 
Church of Arlington, Mass., for three 
years. He has served as Scribe of the 
Worcester Central Association. 

He was born in Norwich, Conn., 
educated in the Portland, Maine, pub- 
lic schools. His A.B. was received 
from Bowdoin College and his B.D. 
cum laude from Andover Newton 
Theological School. 

From 1940 through 1945 Mr. Wad- 
leigh was with the U. S. Army. He 
enlisted as a Private and was dis- 
charged as a Captain, with 14 months 
overseas service with the 99th Infan- 
try Division. He is a member of the 
Masons and of the Alpha Tau Omega 

During his Oxford pastorate, the 
missionary pledging of the church 
increased 500%, the current expenses 
pledging increased 50%, and the 
church membership increased 35%. 
A $25,000 addition to the church 
building, plus all new equipment for 
the vestry, was added during this 

The first Pilgrim Church was es- 
tablished in 1903 with about forty 
members. Later, it merged with the 
Independent Presbyterian Church, 
and the Congregational Christian 
members gradually drifted elsewhere 
or were swallowed up in the larger 
church. In 1929 a Congregational 
Christian church was organized in 
Birmingham by the Rev. Jesse Dollar, 
and was called Community Church, 
and there were about thirty members. 

Rev. Allyn K. Wadleigh 

In 1930 some five hundred Presby- 
terians withdrew from one of the 
leading Birmingham churches and pe- 
titioned for membership in the Con- 
gregational Christian Church. They 
were received, and in 1933 the name 
was changed back to the original 
name, Pilgrim. The Pilgrim Church 
is the strongest church in the North 
Alabama Association. With his record 
of achievement and his youthful en- 
thusiasm, much progress is antici- 
pated for the Pilgrim Church under 
the leadership of the Rev. Wadleigh. 

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To supplement the building of the 
United Church, Phenix City, Ala- 
bama, a barbecue was held on the 
church grounds in October. A. H. 
Bray was chief cook for this occa- 
sion, but he had many "samplers" 
standing around to keep him com- 
pany and offer advice. The barbecue 
cleared $520. 

Last month a new double-front 
bulletin board was erected on the 


f feu/6 or the L^hurch 

church lawn. Herman Bloodworth he- 
came interested in building the bul- 
letin board last spring after some dis- 
cussion about getting one, so he de- 
cided to take the construction as an 
individual project. He did an excel- 
lent job, making it of clear cypress 
lumber. After it was completed and 
erected, Philip Boss, Jr., filled in 
around it with beautiful crab orchard 
stone. Now sermon topics and an- 
nouncements can be made to all in 
the community, and people have 
commented that it is the greatest im- 
provement the church has had physi- 
cally in years. 

The interior of the church has just 
been repainted under the direction of 
Harry Barr. The walls were done in 
light green and the floors walnut. 
The men of the church joined in to 
make this much needed improvement. 

The Board of Deacons and Deacon- 
esses, in their November meeting, dis- 
cussed how they might be of more 
effective service to the church. They 
decided that a program of visitation 
would be helpful to the total pro- 
gram of the church. They plan to 
visit the members and prospective 
members of the church each second 
and fourth Tuesday evenings each 
month, going out in two's, as Deacons 
and Deaconesses, in the interest of 
the spiritual program of the church. 

An individual communion set has 
been purchased by the church to be 
used by the Deacons and Deacon- 
esses in cooperation with the pastor. 
At the regular communion seasons 
of the church they will visit the sick 
and shut-ins and hold a communion 
service with them. This act will mean 
much in spiritual comfort to those 
unable to attend a regular com- 
munion service. 

Go Inquire of the Lord by Gerald 
Kennedy. In the form of six search- 
ing questions, the answers to which 
are the basis of Christian living. 


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^Jtl J^oddif (church 

On May 31st, 1952 the pastor of our 
church resigned to accept a call to 
a church in Iowa, and the church at 
Soddy, Tenn., was again without a 
pastor. A young student at Vander- 
bilt University was recommended to 
us — David Smith. We asked the Rev. 
Smith to come to our church and 
preach June 3th. which he did. After 
hearing him preach, the church voted 
unanimously to call him to fill our 
pulpit during his school vacation. 
His school vacation was out in Sep- 
tember but our church did so well 
under his leadership that our mem- 
bers persuaded Dave to accept the 
call indefinitely, attending \ ander- 
bilt University during the week but 
making his pastoral calls on Satur- 
day and filling the pulpit on Sundays. 
We would like to mention a few of 
the things we have accomplished 
under Dave's leadership. 

He teaches a class of young boys 
in our Sunday School, and the mem- 
bership has increased from six to 
ten. We owed over S100 on our organ 
and had paid only one quarter on our 
church apportionment. By October 
15th we had finished paying for our 
organ, paid our apportionment in 
full for the year and also our per 
capita dues. We had bought enough 
roofing to cover our church building 
and have part of it on. The church 
has been completely re-wired and all 
debts are paid. 

He had charge of our vacation 
Bible school in July with 34 pupils. 
He has carried on the work started 
by our former pastor with the Pil- 
grim Fellowship group, and this 
group has just purchased a mimeo- 
graph machine for the church with 
money they raised through bake 
sales and other projects. 


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The ladies guild and business 
women's clubs take an active part in 
our church work. We are planning 
to redecorate our basement in the 
near future and install an electric 
stove in our kitchen. We also have a 
get-to-gether meeting of our members 
on the first Saturday night in each 
month to discuss our church prob- 
lems and plan our future course. 
With Dave as our leader we feel that 
we will accomplish much in the fu- 

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The new church annex of the North 
Highland Church, Columbus. Geor- 
gia, has been finished except for some 
minor touches. The Young People's 
Sunday School class has moved into 
this part of the church and already 
has held a social gathering. The sec- 
ond Sunday in November the Young 
People had complete charge of the 
morning service, with Lt. King CofT- 
man as the guest speaker. It was a 
new experience for the young people 
and they were encouraged by good 

The laymen of the church have be- 
come very active, and recently had 
charge of the morning and evening 
services. They have also painted the 
church auditorium and are making 
plans to paint the four Sunday School 

The Women's Missionary Society 
is very busy these days packing boxes 
to be sent to our Indian Mission at 
Fort Berthold, North Dakota. They 
are also making plans to supply the 
church with a new carpet in the very 
near future. 

«• * * 

The churches of the Headland Par- 
ish, served by the Rev. S. M. Penn, 
report on past progress and future 
plans. The Blackwood Church has in- 
stalled a new gas heating system and 


all look forward to enjoying comfort 
during the cold weather. The cost was 
approximately $450. They have also 
installed a hot water heater and a 
Bendix washer in the parsonage. The 
young people of the church meet each 
Wednesday evening, the number 
somewhat curtailed by the football 
season. It is anticipated that the num- 
ber will increase as the basketball 
season begins. The program material 
used is from "Everyday Christians". 
The Women's Missionary Society 
meets regularly each month. The Oc- 
tober topic was "On New Frontiers" 
and the November topic was "By 
Sharing Our Resources". 

The Christian Hill Church, Mid- 
land City, has paid both apportion- 
ment and per capita dues, an evidence 
of good church loyalty. It has been 
the practice among the local churches 
to hold a midweek prayer meeting, 
alternating between the Christian Hill 
Church, the Freewill Baptist Church, 
and the home of an invalid man, and 
there is a fine cooperative spirit 
among the other . churches in the 

The work of the New Hope Church, 
Clio, has been hampered by the ill- 
ness of some of the leading members 
of the church. They have been greatly 
missed, and now that they are re- 
covering the church looks forward to 
renewed activity. Plans are being 
made to purchase new hymnals for 
the worship service, hymnals which 
will furnish sufficient material to 
build an adequate devotional program 
condusive to the fellowship of the 
spirit. The church has an active 
Women's Missionary Society which 
meets monthly. 

The Good Hope Church of Baker, 
Florida, celebrated Armistice Day by 
having a "church working". Among 
other things accomplished at this 
time was the painting of the two 


if lew i of the L^kcirch 

Sunday School rooms. Plans are un- 
derway for installing gas heaters in 

the church. 

* * * 

On November 2 the Todd Church 
at Shawmut, Alabama, called the Rev. 
E. S. Fetner of Langdale to serve as 
pastor. The Rev. Charlie Hanson had 
been serving as supply pastor during 
the past year. Mr. Fetner was licensed 
at the last East Association meeting. 

The Young Married People's Sun- 
day School Class was entertained at 
a covered dish party in October at 
the Gray apartment in Todd Addi- 
tion. As the Halloween motif was 
used in decorations and games, the 
party was both gay and exciting. 

* * * 

The Sardis Church, Oxford, Geor- 
gia, has recently begun a half-time 
program, under the leadership of the 
Rev. Jas. T. McAdams. Beginning on 
Wednesday, November 5th, the 
church had daily services through 
Sunday with a visitation program, 
and the church has shown a consid- 
erable increase in attendance. 

Jack Hendon was elected as Sun- 
day School superintendent, and Mrs. 
Hendon was elected president of the 
social group. 

The church sponsored a communi- 
ty Halloween "Tacky Party" held at 
the Community Club House for adults 
and young people. Prizes were given 
for the tackiest costumes, and refresh- 
ments were served. The community 
social was such a success that another 
one has been planned for Thanksgiv- 
ing weekend. The adults and young 
people who did not attend any of the 
churches in the vicinity were invited 
to come to the Sardis Church, and 
it is hoped to arouse their interest 
through this type of community so- 
cial activity. 

* * * 

At the October meeting of the Fed- 
erated Church, Demorest, Georgia, 


the Social Action Committee selected 
a panel to inaugurate a discussion of 
"Is Social Action Christian?'' Wes- 
ley Ritchie, Richard Drake and Dr. 
W. C. Atkins gave interesting talks 
on the subject. 

The Women's Guild invited the W. 
S.C.S. to join them in a meeting at 
which Dr. W. C. Atkins, who was at 
one time a missionary in Durban, 
Africa, gave an interesting talk on 
his experiences and told something 
of conditions in the southern part of 
that great country. 

The Watson Chapel Church, Eclec- 
tic, Alabama, has called the Rev. M. 
0. Worley as pastor for the next year. 
Great improvements have been made 
under his leadership. The church has 
Sunday School every Sunday and 
preaching twice a month, with two 
services. A prayer service is held 
twice a month, led by the young peo- 
ple. The interest the young people 
have shown in the church has greatly 
influenced the older members. Two 
of the Sunday School classes are 
taught by young people, and they are 
also discussing the forming of a Pil- 
grim Fellowship. 

The Rev. A. Goff Bedford, pastor 
of the Langdale Church, Langdale, 
Alabama, reports that the Every 
Member Canvass held in October 
was a great success. The budget to 
be raised was about 810,000. Four 
training sessions were held, counting 
the one at the men's club meeting. 
At the first two sessions, the Rev. 
Carl C. Dollar presided and led the 
instruction of about fifteen men. The 
third session was given over to a re- 
hearsal of techniques, and the final 
meeting was a review of the work 
covered. About eight teams of men 
participated, with the result that 
about $12,000 in pledges was re- 
ceived. Several members who had not 

/ leu/6 of the K^hnrch 

pledged before did so, and statements 
of like support were received from 
several members not active in the 
church. The result of the canvass was 
pleasing to all. The life of the church 
was so improved that plans are now 
being laid to use the same EMC tech- 
nique in visitation Evangelism, to be 
called the Every Member Visit. 

If any church is interested in set- 
ting up an EMC, the Rev. Bedford 
will be glad to work with them and 
help them. 

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The United Church at LaGrange, 
Georgia, is making progress under 
the very able leadership of our pastor, 
the Rev. John E. Pickens, Jr. Dr. 
David W. Shepherd preached for us 
on a recent Sunday evening and re- 
ceived Rev. and Mrs. Pickens into 
the Church, and Rev. Pickens in turn 
received five other members. 

Milford Carpenter is the new su- 
perintendent of the junior depart- 
ment of the Sunday School and has 
plans for increasing the attendance 
and other activities. 

The Woman's Fellowship is a most 
active organization and is doing 
splendid Friendly Service work. 
Meetings are held bimonthly with 
a general meeting held quarterly. 

Our pastor, Rev. Pickens, has been 
much in demand as a speaker to the 
civic clubs, church organizations, etc., 
throughout the city and nearby towns 
since his coming to LaGrange. He has 
been guest speaker at chapel at La- 
Grange College and is making a defi- 
nite contribution to the community 
and city through his sincere Chris- 
tian attitude toward all phases of 
community life. 

We are happy to have Miss Ikuko 
Kodera of Japan, student at LaGrange 
College in our congregation each 
Sunday. Miss Kodera is a Christian 
and a member of our denomination 
in Japan. 


On Nov. 9, the Woman's Fellow- 
ship sponsored World Community 
Day with a program at the church. 
Four of the six foreign students at 
LaGrange College appeared on the 
program. Michael Brown, England; 
Miss Nicole Rieu, France: Miss Eve- 
lyn Fang, Malaya; Johnnie Lucches- 
si, Rome, Italy; and Miss Betty Jo 
Hearn, America, brought messages 
that gave a better understanding of 
people of other countries and of 
bringing about world peace. 

•s * * 

Since the resignation of the Rev. 
Maurice Kiphart in October, to ac- 
cept a call to the church at Hickman, 
Kentucky, the Evarts Community 
Church has been most fortunate in 
having the Rev. Charles Drake to 
supply the pulpit each Sunday. Mr. 
Drake teaches at Berea College, and 
drives to Evarts each Sunday for the 
service. The church people enjoy his 
fine messages and appreciate his in- 
terest and cooperation. They feel that 
the weather may make it impossible 
for him to continue to supply the 
church during the winter, and are 

looking for a pastor. 

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The two churches at Fort Valley, 
Georgia, went on the air November 
16, beginning a weekly religious pro- 
grame over station WFPM. The Fort 
Valley First and Society Hill churches 
are jointly sponsoring the program, 
and members of both churches will 
participate each week in the program, 
which is directed by the pastor, the 
Rev. F. C. Barner. 

Members of the churches who have 
pledged to support the program are: 
Harvis Walker, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. 
Tyner and Mr. Tyner's mother, 
Thomas Jackson, Mrs. Nancy Jack- 
son and Brother Railey. 

As far as is known, this is the first 
regular radio church program to be 
sponsored by a parish in the Georgia 


r feu/6 of the L^hurch 

Conference, and all Congregational 

Christians within the wave length are 

urged to listen in to the program. 
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The remodeling at the Hunt Me- 
morial Church, Alexander City, Ala- 
bama, is going forward with the co- 
operation of the church members, 
and the church will soon have a com- 
pletely new front. The members work 
together each Saturday with the la- 
dies of the church bringing dinner. 
Two new members have been added 
to the Ladies Missionary Union. As 
a part of their community work, they 
gave a "pounding" to Mr. and Mrs. 
E. E. Engram recently. The ladies are 
planning turkey dinner on Thanks- 
giving to raise money for the Church 
Fund. # 

Many important events have taken 
place during the 1952 church year of 
the Lanett Church, Lanett, Alabama. 
The church program has followed in 
a general way the Christian year in 
worship emphasis, and special atten- 
tion has been given to the education- 
al program of the church. A Steward- 
ship School was conducted by Dr. 
H. L. House. The Church Library was 
opened last year. Family night serv- 
ices were held at the church during 
September, October and November 
with a covered dish supper, followed 
by a group program for every age 


Last March 30th ground breaking 
ceremonies were held for the new 
church building, now under construc- 
tion, and the processional from the 
present church to the site of the new 
church was both inspirational and 
impressive. Flags representing sixty 
United Nations Members were car- 
ried by the Girl and Boy Scouts, fol- 
lowed by the Rev. Joe A. French, the 
pastor, and the church representa- 
tives. Industrial and professional rep- 
resentatives came next, and then the 
robed choir singing "Onward Chris- 


tian Soldiers". Immediately behind 
the choir came the entire congrega- 
tion, along with visitors and honored 
guests. Dr. Stanley U. North and Dr. 
Wesley A. Hotchkiss represented the 
Board of Home Missions: Dr. Ernest 
Arnold, director of the Southeastern 
office of the National Council of 
Churches; Dr. David W. Shepherd, 
superintendent of the Southeast Con- 
vention ; the Rev. Olin Sheppard, and 
the Rev. J. D. Dollar represented the 
spiritual kinship and united efforts. 

Representing the realm of knowl- 
edge were: the Rev. Clyde C. Flan- 
nery, president of Southern Lnion 
College: Dr. Joseph R. Gladden, Val- 
ley physician: Col. Howell Morrow, 
the Chambers County Bar Associa- 
tion; J. T. Green, superintendent of 
the Lanett Schools, and the Rev. H. 
0. Bradshaw. 

Those representing industry were: 
Joseph L. Lanier, president of the 
West Point Mfg. Co.; and John A. 
Simmons, Lanett Bleachery and Dye 
Works, whose generosity made the 
new building possible. 

On September 7th Frank Williams 
presented the church with a large 
donation, which the finance chair- 
man, Charles Miller gratefully re- 
ceived. The deeds to the land on 
which the church is being erected 
were presented to Reid Kent, chair- 
man of the Board of Trustees, by 
John A. Simmons for the Lanett 
Bleachery and Dye Works. 

The present church membership is 
343, and with the added facilities in 
the new church building the member- 
ship is expected to increase consid- 
erably. The church budget for the 
year was met promptly and $72,- 
554.73 has been raised for the new 
building. Cooperation is evident 
among the entire membership, and 
the untiring efforts and service of 
the pastor and his wife is very much 



Dr. Douglass Horton has described 
the Laymen's Fellowship in these 
words, "The Laymen's Fellowship of 
the Congregational Christian 
Churches is the laymen of the 
churches organized for worship, 
study, fellowship and work together. 
It is by no means something apart 
from the churches — a kind of mildly 
religious club which uses the church 
buildings as meeting places. It is 
one aspect of the life of the churches 
themselves, a force within the 
churches, of, by, for and from the 

The only reason for an organiza- 
tion of men in every local church is 
that they may accomplish something 
— may take a project and success- 
fully put it across — may tackle a 
church or community problem and 
satisfactorily solve it — may bring 
more men into the fellowship of the 
church and make the church more 

Two men and the minister are 
enough to start a men's group. 

Let them meet at one of their 
homes, at an office or at the minis- 
ter's study. They can discuss the 
present program for men in the 
church, the number of men out of 
the church and the needs of interests 
which the men can do something 
about. Light refreshments always im- 
prove the fellowship of such an oc- 

Without passing any resolutions or 
adopting any motions, they can agree 
on the next step which generally 
would be another meeting of the 
same group WITH a few others that 
they personally know are already in- 
terested or will be when they know 
of their plans. 

What Should the Program Be? 

This question can best be answered 
by asking the men of the church and 



community who would or should be- 
long to the club what they would be 
most interested in — when to meet, 
what kind of a program to have and 
all other related, important ques- 

Activity and attendance is grow- 
ing in the Laymen's Fellowship of 
the United Church, Phenix City, Ala. 
The first Tuesday night of each 
month has been decided upon as the 
regular meeting night, for the busi- 
ness of the fellowship and a planned 
program. At other times during the 
month the fellowship comes together 
solely for fun. On October 21st 
twenty-five of the church men en- 
joyed a steak supper. 

On November 4th Herman Cook 
of Lanett, director of the laymen ac- 
tivities of Alabama and also a mem- 
ber of the National Committee, was 
the speaker of the evening. Other 
guests included the ministers and 
laymen from United Church and 
North Highland Church, Columbus. 
Ga. Forty men were present for this 
fine meeting. 

The Men's Club of the Todd 
Church, Shawmut. Ala., reorganized 
and elected new officers as follows: 
President, Nedwin Treadwell; Vice 
President, Burson Moore; Secretary- 
Treasurer, Henry McCarthy; Pro- 
gram Chairman, Manning Yates; As- 
sistant, Howard Strength. Once each 
quarter the club sponsors a family 
night program, and each member is 
invited to bring the entire family for 
supper and fellowship. 

J^tate (^.hainnen tor the <=>Laii/)ien 

Alabama — Herman Cook. Lanett. 

Georgia — Fred Haley, Atlanta, Ga. 

Kentucky-Tennessee — Herman Pat- 
terson, Evarts, Ky. 


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The women of the Alabama Wom- 
en's Fellowship met at the United 
Church in Phenix City during the 
state conference for an informal ses- 
sion of Questions and Answers, and 
suggestions were made for the com- 
ing year's work. The women were 
urged by their state president, Mrs. 
Jettie Logan, to start at once on their 
Woman's Gift if they had not al- 
ready done so. A representative from 
each of the Associations gave a re- 
port on their rally. Mrs. Roy Cul- 
pepper reported for the Central As- 
sociation Rally, Miss Dora Brackin 
for the South Association Rally, Mrs. 
Mary Flemming for the North Asso- 
ciation Rally, and Mrs. Joe A. French 
for the East Association Rally. 

The treasurer, Mrs. Luke Huey. 
gave a financial report, and was di- 
rected to pay from the treasury the 
state's share of the Woman's Gift 
money to the projects voted on at 
the Retreats. Mrs. Hugh Lasseter, the 
secretary, told of the ways in which 
the money was to be used. The 
Friendly Service Chairman, Mrs. 
Harveta Barr, explained the Friend- 
ly Service Quotas and the three fields 
of service — community, home mis- 
sions, and foreign missions. The 
Nominating Committee met with Mrs. 
Joe A. French, but no report was 
made. Officers will be elected at the 
July Retreat. 

Mrs. Logan, state president, pre- 
sided at the meeting and gave dates 
and places of the Spring Rally meet- 
ings as follows: North Association 
Rally March 23, Pilgrim Church, Bir- 
mingham; Central Association Rally 
March 25, East Tallassee, Liberty 
Church; East Association Rally 
March 27, Roanoke; and South Ala- 
bama Association Rally March 28 at 
Blackwood Church, Headland. 

The Rev. Erston M. Butterfield, 
superintendent of the Southeast Con- 
vention, and the Rev. Clyde C. Flan- 

nery, president of Southern Union 
College, are planning to attend all 
the rallies. 

Mrs. Logan extended a cordial in- 
vitation to everyone interested to 

* * * 

The Alice Long Missionary Circle 
of the Todd Church, Shawmut, pre- 
sented a check to the Building Fund 
which brings their total giving to 
this fund to 8900. By Christmas they 
expect to reach the §1,000 mark. On 
November 7th they realized S95 from 
a baked chicken dinner. The Christ- 
mas card sale has been good this 
year, with a possible profit of more 
than $100 by the middle of Decem- 
ber. In the early fall the circle sold 
enough flavoring extracts to buy a 
large coffee urn for the church. 

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At the November 3rd meeting of 
the Women's Missionary Union of 
the First Church, Andalusia, Mrs. 
Ben Locklier and Mrs. A. C. Nelson 
gave splendid talks about the happen- 
ings at the state conference. The 
W.M.U. meets twice each month and 
is very active. The Friendly Service 
Committee fixed a box of sterile 
clothes to give to a cancer patient. 
A box of clothes was also given to 
a needy family. Recently a box of 
quilt scraps was taken to the Old 
Folks Home, where the ladies are 
going to piece quilts for the W.M.U. 
to sell for them. The ladies of the 
W.M.U. have also been doing a fine 
job of visiting the sick in the com- 
munity and helping those who need 

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At the Blackwood Church, Head- 
land, the Women's Fellowship has 
gotten off to an enthusiastic start this 
year with the following officers : Pres- 
ident, Mrs. Turissa Chancey; Vice 
President and Program Chairman. 
Mrs. Velma Faison: Secretary, Mrs. 


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Pastoria Rister; Treasurer, Mrs. 
Mary V. Faison; Woman's Gift 
Chairman, Mrs. Pearla Ward; Friend- 
ly Service Chairman, Mrs. Claudia 
Johnson; Social Action Chairman. 
Mrs. Annie Faison; and Hospitality 
Chairman, Mrs. Mildred Johnson. 

The women are looking forward 
to entertaining the Association Wom- 
en's Rally next March 23th, and hope 
to have visitors from all over the 


>s # * 

The Woman's Fellowship of the 
Mt. Olive Church, Tallassee, enter- 
tained the women of the East Tal- 
lassee Church with a Hallowe'en sup- 
per on October 15th. The tables were 
beautifully decorated with the Hal- 
lowe'en colors, and place cards were 
miniature pumpkins and black cats. 

The program consisted of the In- 
vocation, by Mrs. Will Lackey; the 
Welcome, by Mrs. H. 0. Thornton, 
and the Response, by Mrs. Wilma 
Pemberson of East Tallassee. The 
Skit, "Results of Visitation," was giv- 
en by Mr. and Mrs. Will Lackey and 
members of the Pilgrim Fellowship. 
A reading, "Bread of Life," was giv- 
en by the president, Mrs. Roy Cul- 

The supper, which was served in 

the almost completed recreation 

room, was enjoyed by twenty-eight 

people. The Mt. Olive women are to 

be congratulated for the wonderful 

work they have done in the building 

of their new kitchen and Sunday 

School rooms. 

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The Women's Missionary Society 
of the Antioch Church, Roanoke, 
chose for one of their projects a 
cotton patch which includes one and 
one-half acres. They made one bale 
of cotton, and the proceeds from the 
sale of it will go toward the remodel- 
ing of the interior of the church. 
There are sixteen active members who 

meet to work the cotton patch along 
with a large number of helpers. The 
W.M.S. also contributed $50 towards 
a heating system for the church. 

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The Women's Missionary Society. 
Circle 2 of the Evarts Community 
Church was organized in June of 
1951 and is composed of business 
and professional women and others 
unable to attend afternoon meetings 
of the other society. Meetings are 
held in the homes of members once 
each month. Xew officers elected in 
September are Mrs. Herman Patter- 
son, President; Mrs. Dennis Ball. 
Treasurer; and Mrs. Walter Asher, 
Jr., Secretary. 

Projects of the two circles have 
included new draperies for the 
church parlor and a kneeling pad to 
be used in communion. A number 
of families have been helped with 
gifts of food and clothing, and money 
has been raised for foreign missions. 

At the October meeting it was de- 
cided to change the name of the or- 
ganization to the "Lois Vincent So- 
ciety" in honor of Mrs. George Vin- 
cent of Upper Montclair, N. J.: who 
has done so much to help with the 
growth of the church. 

An election of officers was held in 
October by the Woman's Missionary 
Society Circle 1 of the Evarts Com- 
munity Church. All those in office 
were re-elected as follows: President. 
Mrs. N. B. Smith; Secretary, Mrs! 
C. N. Scoville; Treasurer, Mrs. E. L. 
Vaughn; and Friendly Service Chair- 
man, Mrs. J. H. Turner. Although 
this is a small group, Circle 1 is 
proud of its activities and accom- 
plishments, working with the Lois 
Vincent Society on major projects 
and sometimes holding joint meet- 
ings. The circle does a great deal of 
community work and has made sub- 
stantial payments in church repairs 
and upkeep. 


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Money for the various projects of 
the circle is raised at the annual 
Christmas Bazaar, with everything 
donated by the women, and by sell- 
ing Christmas cards. The two circles, 
with the assistance of the church 
members, cook and serve luncheon 
to the Evarts Lion Club twice each 
month, and this project is under the 
capable supervision of Mrs. J. H. 
Turner and Mrs. E. L. Vaughn. The 
women do all the work and the young 
girls of the church assist with the 

^jrrlenalu Service 

Miss Helen Frances Smith has re- 
signed as Friendly Service Secretary, 
to take over the Special Gifts area of 
the Church Building Loan Fund Cam- 
paign. Her resignation became effec- 
tive October 1, and she is now asso- 
ciated with Dr. Nelson Dreier. 

The new national Friendly Service 
Secretary is Miss Marjory A. Mar- 
tin, who will take office December 1. 

State Friendly Service Chairmen 
have received the quotas from Miss 
Smith, and will inform each church 
of its quota. State chairmen are as 
follows: Alabama, Mrs. Harveta Barr 
of Phenix City: Georgia, Mrs. Em- 
mett Bailey of LaGrange; and Ken- 
tucky-Tennessee, Mrs. A. L. Dejar- 
nette of Soddy. Tenn. 


The requests were sent by Miss 
Smith before she left to be passed 
along to the women's fellowships. 

From Mrs. Joseph L. Moulton, 
American Marathi Mission, Ahmed- 
nagar, India: "Each year the Marathi 
Mission has a sale, the proceeds from 
which partially support the school for 
missionary children in Kodaikanal. 
We need all sorts of Ten Cent Store 
articles — games, toys, coloring books, 
household articles, etc. Send to Mr. 
Harvey L. Meeken, 14 Beacon Street, 

Boston 8, Mass., designated for Mrs. 
Moulton for the Kodai Sale, just as 
soon as possible so he can get them 
to her in time for the sale in May. 
Donors will receive a bill from Mr. 
Meeken to cover their share of the 
shipment. Undoubtedly it will be less 
than postage and duty charges if the 
packages were sent direct to Mrs. 

From Mrs. Frank Workentine, 
Eagle Butte, South Dakota: "Our In- 
dian women need scraps of material 
left over from your sewing projects 
or which may be resting in your scrap 
bags. These pieces, even the smallest 
scraps, are made into quilts which 
the women sell among themselves. 
They are desperately in need of such 
material — the women are not work- 
ing and no sewing is going on be- 
cause they have no pieces from which 
to work. 


(Continued from page 2) 
Elected as members of the Board 
of Directors of the Southeast Conven- 
tion were : E. P. Poste, Rev. J. W. Dav- 
enport, and Rev. Win. R. Schorman. 

Church Reporters 

(Continued from page 4) 
Kentucky -Tennessee 
Evarts. Community — Mrs. N. B. Smith 
Soddy— A. E. Pruett 
Alabama Women — Mrs. Jettie Logan 
Southern Union College — David Eddy 

J^uaaeition Cromer 

Time for that Christmas Bazaar ! ! 
Why not have a Sewing Social? Ask 
each woman to bring all her odds and 
ends of fabric, yarn, bias tape, em- 
broidery floss, buttons, etc. Many at- 
tractive and original ideas will de- 
velop to make use of the scraps by 
making pot holders, stuffed animals, 
doll clothes, aprons, bean bags, etc. 
— Jettie Logan. 





One of the aims of the Oak Grove 
Pilgrim Fellowship, Chipley, Ga., is 
to entertain several other young peo- 
ples' groups during the church year. 
Following out this aim, on October 
26th the group was host to the M.Y. 
F. of the First Methodist Church in 
Chipley. Sandra McGuire and Ann 
Cadenhead had charge of the pro- 
gram for the evening, using the 
theme, "The Bible". Afterward both 
groups adjourned to the social room 
of the church, which was decorated 
in the Hallowe'en theme. Refresh- 
ments of cookies and punch were 
served and games were enjoyed under 
the direction of the Social Commit- 
tee, Margie McGuire and Cathleen 

On November 2nd the P.F. group 
was in charge of the evening service 
with the president, Carolyn McGuire. 
presiding. The speaker for the even- 
ing was Miss Loretta Petersen, Ex- 
tension worker for the Southeast 
Convention. Using "Hands" as her 
subject, she held the interest of young 
and old. It is hoped that Miss Peter- 
sen will visit the group again in the 
near future. Preceding the Youth 
Night services, all the members of 
P.F. and their friends met at the Mc- 
Guire home for light refreshments 
and a short business meeting. During 
the meeting it was reported that the 
sum of $10 was sent into the office 
for Work Day for Christ, and pride 
was expressed in the number who 
participated in this national phase of 
the young people's work. 

On the third Sunday night of each 
month the P.F. plans some kind of 
social event. On November 16th this 
took the form of a Vesper Service 
and wiener roast at Pet McGuire's 
lake. After the wiener roast, the group 
enjoyed informal singing around the 
lire until time for church services. 

Miss Jean Vincent, Missionary 
Chairman of the Garden City Pil- 


grim Fellowship, attended the State 
Conference at Phenix City and gave 
an interesting report upon her re- 

On Work Day for Christ, several 
of the young people had the bright 
idea of selling the old shingles from 
the parsonage roof for kindling. The 
parsonage has recently been re-roofed 
and the old wood shingles discarded. 

The Christian Endeavor of the 
First Church. Andalusia, held an 
election of officers recently: President. 
Edgener Peavy ; Vice President, Patsy 
Threatt; Secretary and Treasurer. 
Ruth McLeod; Assistant Secretary 
and Treasurer, Joyce Nelson; Social 
Chairman, Mr. Homer Lindsey: Pro- 
gram Chairman, Mrs. Homer Lind- 
sey; Finance Chairman, Mrs. 0. C. 
Graves; Membership Chairman, Von 
Polsom: Choir Leader, Jeanette Fore: 
Pianist, Ruth McLeod. 

The Christian Endeavor meets each 
Sunday evening at 6:15 and usually 
has a social once each month. 

money as soon as possible. 
Reported to date 
Chipley, Oak Grove Pilgrim 

Fellowship 810.00 

Thorsby Congregational Chris- 
tian Pilgrim Fellowship 814.70 

DEADLINE December 10. 1952 

^MelpPul rvlateriali 

Materials available from the South- 
east Convention office for the guid- 
ance of Pilgrim Fellowship groups 
are the "Guide Book", a manual for 
PF leaders, "How to be an effective 
officer", and a mimeographed sheet 
telling how to organize a local group. 


673 Piedmont Avenue, N. E. 
Atlanta, Georgia 

Urates ~Jo Kemember 

I3 ec- 4 — Valley Ministers' Associa- 
tion meets at LaGrange 

Dec. 5 — Southeast Convention Board 
of Directors meets in At- 

Dec. 14 — Universal Bible Sunday 

Dec. 21— Christmas Sunday; offering 
for Our Christian World 

Dec. 31— Watch Night Services 

f-^adtoral L^atli: 

E. S. Fetner to Todd Church, Shaw- 
mut, Alabama. Licensed at East 
Association meeting in October. 

TION by the Alabama Conference: 

Rev. Archie Ballard and Rev. George 
Watson; for Liscensure, Otto Cull- 

SURE by the Georgia Conference: 
F. C. Barner, Herbert Long, and 
Jas. T. McAdams, Renewed: C. H. 
Hancock and W. S. Wood. 

TION: Major Logan Weston and 
John E. Pickens, Jr. 

Accepted to full membership in the 
Conference, as an ordained min- 
ister, Mrs. Peter Doherty 

Born, to Rev. and Mrs. Collie Sey- 
mour of Valparaiso, Florida, October 
24, David Maurice, weight nine 
pounds and four ounces. 

Uidual ~Mids 

color 20 minutes — adults to age 12. 
Home Missions project — farming, 
handicrafts, homemaking, local 
church programs, both city and rural. 

filmstrip, ages 6 to 15. Little Navajo 
shepherdess and her experiences at 
home, trading post, school and 

strip, ages 6 to 15. Sumo, an African 
boy, goes to mission school. What 
he learns and how he applies it. 
LET'S TALK TURKEY— filmstrip. 
color, 20 minutes — adults to age 12. 
Total American Board work in Tur- 

THE WAKING GIANT— color film- 
strip, 20 minutes — adults to age 15. 
American Board activities in school, 
church, and social center. Good for 
Missions study. 

SUCCESS STORY— filmstrip, 18 
minutes, adults to age 12. For Every 
Member Canvass — good techniques 
in making calls. 

MR. JONES WAKES UP— filmstrip. 
20 minutes, adults to age 15. EMC 
emphasis — church layman helps or- 
ganize and carry through complete 
EMC in his local church. 
Obtain from Southeast Convention, 
673 Piedmont Avenue. N.E.. Atlanta.